Olivia Pilling is a Northern-based artist who finds her inspiration in small industrial town landscapes and architecture.
“I find inspiration for my paintings in what I see and do and absorb. I find I am drawn to colour, shape and form. When looking at a scene or an object for a subject matter I instantly break it down into these three elements. I also apply this to my collage work. I deconstruct an image and rebuild it. I simplify it so that colour, especially, oozes out from the image.”
She has lived in the same farmhouse in rural North West England throughout her life. It seems only natural for her to paint the surroundings in which she had been brought up. The rolling hills, valleys, mills and towering chimneys of the landscape come together to form natural abstract shapes and linear lines.
She uses these naturally occuring patterns in the landscape to create her paintings.
The works of Derain, Vlaminck, Roualt, Nolde and Matisse, as well British painters such as Bomberg and Sickert are strong influences for Olivia Pilling. She also admires more modern artists like the Australian Artists John Bokor and Laura Jones, and American painter and collage artist Ken Kewley.